Pro Football Weekly's wild-card round power rankings

Top teams remain static, but AFC's middleweights provide interesting logjam

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1. Saints (13-3) — Road to Atlanta goes through the Superdome

2. Rams (13-3) — Tuneups vs. Cardinals, 49ers got them back on track

3. Chiefs (12-4) — Can they regain mojo at Arrowhead? Tough to beat there (in regular season)

4. Bears (12-4) — Trubisky completing 75 percent final three games

5. Chargers (12-4) — Congrats on 12 wins! Now travel cross-country in short week

6. Patriots (11-5) — They’ve never won a Super Bowl without a bye

7. Texans (11-5) — Can Deshaun Watson continue heroics in first playoffs?

8. Colts (10-6) — Dangerous team that makes big plays, limits them on ‘D’

9. Ravens (10-6) — Defensive takeaways must continue for a playoff run

10. Seahawks (10-6) — Stumbled down stretch but already beat Dallas before

11. Cowboys (10-6) — Should be pretty healthy on offense again

12. Eagles (9-7) — Will Nick Foles’ strange magic work at Soldier Field?

13. Steelers (9-6-1) — More drama? You can’t make this stuff up

14. Vikings (8-7-1) — It appears band will be back together for another try in ’19

15. Titans (9-7) — Going to need a downfield threat to help offense evolve

16. Browns (7-8-1) — Could they end up favorites to win the North next year?

17. Panthers (7-9) — This offensive line might need three new starters

18. Falcons (7-9) — Pressure on DQ now with coordinators out, him taking over ‘D’

19. Dolphins (7-9) — Another reboot? One of the more poorly run franchises

20. Packers (6-9-1) — Massive offseason: new coaches, free agency, two first-rounders

21. Washington (7-9) — Might have to find QBs through draft and other means

22. Bills (6-10) — Defense was stout again, but finding Josh Allen help is paramount

23. Broncos (6-10) — Expect Elway to target experienced head coach, rookie QB

24. Buccaneers (5-11) — Jameis Winston back for all-important fifth season

25. Jaguars (5-11) — How they attack QB position in offseason will be fascinating

26. Lions (6-10) — New Year’s resolution: no more carries for LeGarrett Blount, please

27. Giants (5-11) — Would they entertain idea of trading OBJ? Contract makes it possible

28. 49ers (4-12) — Imagine what George Kittle could do with full season of Jimmy G

29. Bengals (5-11) — End of Dalton’s time too? Change might be in the air there

30. Jets (4-12) — Will be big spenders in free agency, especially on offense

31. Raiders (4-12) — Mike Mayock hire is fascinating with massive draft upcoming

32. Cardinals (3-13) — Could Adam Gase be what this offense needs?

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